Peter Straughan picks up Oscar nomination

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Congratulations to New Writing North alumnus Peter Straughan who along with his late partner, Bridget O’Connor, has been nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy.

Peter was one of the first writers whose career New Writing North helped along. He won the People’s Play competition (as could you – see below) many years ago and from that auspicious start went on to write for Live Theatre, to win the BBC Alfred Bradley award and to be commissioned by many other producers. Bridget was a Northern Arts Literary Fellow in the late Nineties in Newcastle and a great friend of New Writing North. Their co-writing career saw them working on many projects together for film production companies such as Working Title.

The 84th Academy Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 26 February and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed as Peter battles it out with the likes of Alexander Payne for The Descendants, John Logan for Hugo and Aaron Sorkin for Moneyball.